WACO (CBS SPORTS) – Baylor star Brittney Griner has revealed she’s a lesbian. The Bears center, who was picked No. 1 overall in the recent WNBA Draft (to the Phoenix Mercury) and is considered by many to be an all-time great in women’s college basketball, casually explained her sexual orientation to Sports Illustrated.
Griner was asked by SI’s Maggie Gray on the difference between men’s and women’s sports when it comes to acceptance of sexual orientation; why the WNBA has been able to often embrace many lesbians within their sport, while male sports in America still waits on its first publicly gay player.
“I really couldn’t give an answer on why that’s so different,” Griner told SI. “Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.”
Griner’s been a national, high-profile athlete since her freshman season at Baylor. She was the No. 1 high school player in the class of 2009, was named to multiple All-American teams during her college career and led Baylor to the national championship in 2012. She is the only player in women’s college hoop history to score more than 2,000 points and block more than 500 shots.
She said her public image really had no impact on her lifestyle or choice to come out.
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